Sports Therapy

Study options

Award

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code:
BC96
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
25 September 2023

Industry Accreditation

Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists

Specialist facilities

Including a brand-new Telehealth Hub and rehabilitation zone

Sports Therapy Clinic

Work under the supervision of accredited staff in our dedicated patient facing clinic

Learn how to help athletes recover from injury and design injury prevention programmes for sports teams with our sports therapy degree.

Whether you have ambitions of working within the professional sports environment or running your own clinic, our accredited Sports Therapy degree gives you the skills, knowledge, and experience to treat and rehabilitate individuals with neurological, muscular, or skeletal complaints.

The course utilises a range of industry-leading technologies and facilities to provide outstanding educational experiences.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Work placements

Throughout all levels of the degree, you are able to participate in placement type activities. Some of these activities are ‘internal’ which are supervised and potentially hosted by Staffordshire University.

You will gain valuable applied hands on experience within our dedicated patient facing clinic (SUST Clinic), these hours contribute towards your total placement hours and are necessary to gain membership with the Society of Sports Therapy. The clinic treats all aspects of neuromusculoskeletal disorders and can see up to four clients at any time. Clients range from elite athletes to sedentary individuals. The Sports Therapy degree allows you to gain valuable practical experience working under the guidance of qualified health professionals.

You will work with our external partners in a range of different settings such as professional sport, sports therapy, physiotherapy clinics and in an NHS setting. You will have the chance to represent the Sports Therapy degree and Staffordshire University at many national sporting events throughout the year.

As an undergraduate in our sport and exercise department, you can also join our Sports Academy as a volunteer, helping to deliver physical activity and classroom-based workshops to young people in schools and communities.

Students on our Sports Therapy degrees have worked with:

  • Stoke City FC
  • Port Vale FC
  • Notts County FC
  • St George's Park
  • Widnes Vikings
  • Local sports injury clinics
  • Local sporting events

Course content

Our lecturing staff are all passionate professionals who are dedicated to ensuring the teaching and learning on the degree is inspiring, challenging, and accessible to all students. Our staff have all worked in industry; field, clinical and research based which allows them to bring their first-hand experiences to teaching. Whether that be emergency trauma on a football pitch, a particularly complex injury case or the chance to be involved with your lecturer’s latest data collection for research.

You will build knowledge surrounding soft tissue techniques, clinical anatomy, exercise prescription and rehabilitation and physiological response to exercise, biomechanics, and nutrition for injury. You will also complete a first aid and emergency trauma management course and gain work placement experience. In your final year you will design,

Our sessions are a mixture of theoretical learning and practical case scenarios in modest groups of up to 16 which means you are more readily supported with your studies and allows you to engage easily within the sessions.

Upon graduating, you will be a professional sports therapist ready to work across a dynamic and growing industry.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Our modules are 20 or 40 academic credits.  Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists.

This course is accredited by the Society of Sports Therapists and includes a student membership at no additional cost during your studies; for more information on the benefits of student membership please visit The Society of Sports Therapists website.
Sports Therapy Facilities Tour

Sports Therapy Facilities Tour

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Join Course Leaders Rebecca Warnett, and Edward Stanhope, as they take you on a tour around the facilities available in our BSc Sports Therapy course.

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Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Entry requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points

  • GCE A Levels - grades BBC or equivalent
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass Access with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points. Applicants to Staffs who are taking the Access to HE Diploma receive a reduced tariff point offer as part of our access and participation plan activity
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
  • T Levels - Eligible T Level applications will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of P (A*-C) or Higher Pass as a condition of offer

A two-year foundation degree in Rehabilitation and Manual Therapies is available for applicants who do not have the appropriate entry qualifications for direct entry to the degree level course. After successful completion of the two-year FdSc Rehabilitation and Manual therapies course, students who meet the pre-requisites can top-up to our Sports Therapy BSc (or other Sport and Exercise BSc top up courses).

We understand that you might have experienced a challenging run up to higher education and may have not met the entry requirements as listed. If this is the case don’t worry, contact us and our team of expert advisors can guide you through the next stages of application, or help you find the perfect course for your needs.

Elanor Farthing - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Elanor Farthing - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

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Discover why Elanor chose our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree - and how beneficial she feels our on-campus Sports Therapy Clinic is for her progression.

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For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.

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Facilities

The course utilises a range of industry-leading technologies and facilities to provide outstanding educational experiences. Our specialist sports therapy facilities include a brand new Telehealth Hub (enabling students to develop their skills in digital sport, exercise and healthcare), teaching clinic, rehabilitation zone and student-led SUST Clinic.

Careers

Once graduated you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions which allows you to enter careers with clients such as; amateur and elite sports personnel, geriatric and paediatric patients and individuals with non-communicable diseases.

There are a number of career paths you could pursue, these include but are not limited to;

  • Private Sports Therapy Clinic (£20,000 - £30,000)
  • Self Employed
  • NHS (£19000 - £30,000)
  • Further Education e.g MSc
  • Higher Education Lecturer (£33,000 - £50,000)

All students have access to Career Connect, our dedicated careers team.

Rosiemae Langham - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Rosiemae Langham - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

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Rosiemae has always had an interest in sports therapy and believes Staffs was the perfect option for her.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Our sessions are a mixture of theoretical learning and practical case scenarios in modest groups of up to 16, which means you are more readily supported with your studies and allows you to engage easily within the sessions.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Inclusion Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Cameron Brown - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

Cameron Brown - BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

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Cameron explains why our BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree was the natural choice for him.

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Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements. 

Year 1

23% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
77% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 2

23% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
77% of time in independent study
0% of time in placements

Year 3

8% of time in lectures, seminars or similar
72% of time in independent study
20% of time in placements

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, laboratory or other timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve utilising a range of digital resources including our virtual learning environment; reading journals, articles and books; working on individual and group projects; undertaking research in the library; preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning will be supported by a range of excellent facilities. These include the library, open access computer facilities, informal learning zones, a range of laboratories and performance and studio spaces.

Year 1

57% practical assessments
33% coursework
10% written exams

Year 2

74% practical assessments
26% coursework
0% written exams

Year 3

53% practical assessments
47% coursework
0% written exams

Staff

Our lecturing staff are all passionate professionals who are dedicated to ensuring the teaching and learning on the degree is inspiring, challenging and accessible to all students. Our staff have all worked in industry; field, clinical and research based which allows them to bring their first-hand experiences to teaching. Whether that be emergency trauma on a football pitch, a particularly complex injury case or the chance to be involved with your lecturer’s latest data collection for research.

Rebecca Warnett

Senior Lecturer

Rebecca is course lead and a senior lecturer in Sports Therapy. Since graduating in 2014 from Staffordshire University with a degree in Sports Therapy she has worked in football, ran her own sports injury clinic alongside lecturing. 

Rebecca's profile

Edward Stanhope

Senior Lecturer

Edward is a graduate Sports Therapist and researcher. He specialises in exercise in people with non-communicable diseases, specifically the effects of exercise in women diagnosed with breast cancer throughout the stages of their care continuum.

Edward's profile

Fees

For the course starting on 25 September 2023 the tuition fees are:

Tuition fees for BSc (Hons)-Full-time
Study option UK / Channel Islands International
Full-time £9,250 per year of study £16,750 per year of study

UK and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

Included in tuition fees
Included in the fees:
  • DBS checks where required for assessed modules 
  • Loan of subject related requirement where required for modules
Not included in tuition fees
Not included in the fees:
  • Text books are available from the library, but some students chose to purchase their own copies.
  • Printing
  • Travel costs to and from placements. We will have available placements within travel distance from the campus, or within proximity of your address
  • Clothing suitable for placements and facilities
  • Any optional field trips
Accommodation and living costs
Accommodation and living costs

Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation

Sources of financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be obtained by visiting: www.gov.uk

Scholarships and additional funding

As an undergraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.

Our students

There are loads of useful facilities at the University that are used during lectures.

The BSc Sports Therapy course is an interesting engaging course that is practical and academic. The lectures are amazing and always there to help.

At the University there is a student Sports Therapy Clinic where we can gain experience with the help of our lectures. This is great as you get to see injuries first hand. Also, within the final year of this course you will have to complete external placement hours. This is another opportunity to gain an insight into the occupation which I am looking forward to next year.

There are loads of useful facilities at the University that are used during lectures. The University has the sports therapy clinic rooms, biomechanics lab which is incorporated into assignments and physiological testing labs. The library is also a great facility which also has staff on hand to help with academic support.

Claire Parker

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

The facilities for sports therapy are amazing. I work within the student run Sports Therapy Clinic and am enjoying every minute which I spend working in there and developing my knowledge and experience with external clients. It definitely makes me look forward to graduating and developing a career as a sports therapist.

Georgia Lucas

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

From a very young age, I’ve always wanted to be a physio and help people – it's always been part of me and in my blood to be able to help people go back to how they were and better. In sports therapy you’re able to help people go from somebody who doesn’t believe in themselves, to somebody who makes it and beyond.

Olivia Hesketh

BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

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Location Award Study option Start date Apply Link
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If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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